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Teaching Budding Scientists: Fostering Scientific Inquiry with Diverse Learners in Grades 3-5, CourseSmart eTextbook

By Pamela Fraser-Abder

Published by Pearson

Published Date: Apr 19, 2010

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Written for teachers of grade levels 3-5, Teaching Budding Scientists:  Fostering Scientific Inquiry with Diverse Learners in Grades 3-5 assists in developing, implementing and evaluating inquiry-based science teaching and elementary student’s science learning.


Research on science education and professional development–conducted by the author for over two decades–provides the foundation for this research-based, yet practical and friendly professional development book. Research shows that by the end of the third grade, a deep interest in science sometimes fades from lack of nurturing on the part of teachers, parents and the community. The Teaching Budding Scientists title implies a call to action to teachers as they guide their students on a journey to scientific literacy, while fostering their interest and participation in science. This book provides both knowledge about science content and process, curriculum, instruction and pedagogy as well as a venue for personal examination so that teachers may leave this professional development experience as a confident science teacher. The author shares practical strategies and points teachers in the direction of potential activities and resources for use in the classroom and to help expose students to the informal world of science and to the surrounding community, which contains numerous, often free, resources for teaching science.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents
Chapter 1:  Factors Which Influence Your Science Teaching Philosophy
Who Are You And How Do You Feel About Science?
What Is Your Teaching And Learning Style?
What Are Your Views On Science And Scientists? 
What Were Your Early Experiences With Science? 
Recalling Your Experience With Science Education
Science Education Then And
Chapter 2:  How Young Students Learn and Think about Science 
What Are Your Students’ Views Of Science And Scientists 
What Does Research Says About How Students View Science And Scientists? 
What is Science Error!
How Do Students Develop An Understanding Of Science
Students’ Understandings of Physical Properties 
Students’ Understandings of Animals 
Students’ Understandings of Plants 
Students’ Understandings of Earth Science 
What are Some Common Misconceptions in Your Classroom 
Chapter 3: Your Students And Science Learning 
Who Are Your Students 
What Are Your Class’ Demographics? 
How can you Develop Cultural Understanding of Your Students?: 
How Can You Use Your Students’ Lived Experiences to Inform Your Teaching?
How Can You Fit Your Expectations And Experiences To Your Students’ Needs?
What are Your Expectations for Your Students? 
Interaction With Students 
Chapter 4: Teaching and Learning Science through Inquiry
What is Scientific Inquiry? 
What Ideas And Questions do Your Students bring to Science? 
How Can You Develop Inquiry Skills? 
What Are Some Inquiry-Based Teaching Strategies? 
Guided Discovery 
Problem-Based Learning 
How Can You Use The Process Skills In Inquiry Teaching? 
How do you use The Process Skills In Your Daily Life? 
Chapter 5: Exploring Process Skills With Your Students 
How can you develop observation skills? 
How can you develop measuring skills? 
How can you develop communicating skills?
How can you develop classifying skills? 
How can you develop predicting skills? 
How can you develop inference-making skills? 
How do you begin to Formulate Hypotheses 
How do you develop skills in Interpreting Data 
How do you develop skills in Controlling Variables 
How do you develop Investigating skills? 
How Well Do You Know The Process Skills? 
Chapter 6:  Establishing Your Science Program
What Are The Big Ideas In Science? 
What Concepts Should You Include In Your Curriculum? 
How Do You Build An Effective Science Learning Environment? 
How Can You Set Up Your Classroom For Science? 
Chapter 7: Resources You Can Use in Your Science Teaching 
Non-Formal Institutions
Journals and Books 
Education Programs
Chapter 8: Developing Your Plan for Teaching Science 
Where Am I Going In My Science Teaching Practice? 
State Standards 
City/District Standards 
School Standards 
Classroom Standards 
How Do I Plan To Be An Effective Science Teacher?
Beginning the plan 
Rationale For Teaching A Topic 
What are your goals for teaching this lesson? 
Deciding On Your Mode Of Science Instruction 
Organizing Your Class 
Curriculum Development 
Focus Questions 
How do you begin to plan your schedule? 
How can you use the standards to create a compliant curriculum? 
Ideas From Other Science Teachers
Developing Your Own Plan 
How Will I Know When I Have Arrived At My Best Level Of Practice
Appendix 1: The National Science Education Standards and Benchmarks
What are the National Science Education Standards 
What Are The Goals For School Science? 
What are the Standards For K-4, 5-8 Science Content
• Abilities of technological design 
• Understanding about science and technology
Appendix 2: Science Content Information for Grades 3-5 

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